We recently wrote about the case of Dbrand, which, under the threat of a lawsuit by Sony, gave up selling its Darkplates, dark plastic sides for PlayStation 5 consoles. But a total turnaround quickly followed in which Dbrand announced the return of Darkplates in version 2.0.
Dbrand explained that their dispute with Sony is crystal clear. When they arrogantly told Sony to feel free to sue them for selling pieces of plastic that Sony doesn’t sell itself, Sony didn’t have a protected side design for the PS5. Dbrand did not hope that Sony would one day really protect the design, ie the shape of these plastic pieces, but it happened. As the first Darkplates pages were identical in size and shape to those coming with the PlayStation 5 – only in a different color and texture – Sony had grounds to sue Dbrand for design breaches.
The solution, therefore, was for Dbrand to create side pages of a completely different shape – and that’s exactly what they did. Darkplates version 2.0 are now more rounded sides that have a ventilation cutout on the side. And in addition to the design changes, they also have a price change – they are $ 20 more expensive than the previous ones. The price will be $ 70 per pair. It will come in black, white and light gray.
As a reminder, this whole fuss was about the colors – because Sony only offers PlayStation 5 consoles with pure white sides.
Dbrand once again told Sony to sue them freely, but to be willing to pay their court costs because they will lose in the dispute. When asked if Sony will dare to file a lawsuit, they answer that they actually expect it. “The difference this time is that we have created an original design for which there are no grounds to sue us. If they try, they’d better be willing to pay the cost of withdrawing in court. “
By: Olivia J. – Zexron